Copernicus Studios Inc. announced Wednesday that it has acquired the rights to Jim Zub‘s comic book series Skullkickers with the intent of developing it into an adult-oriented animated series.
The comic, written by Zub and illustrated by Edwin Huang and Chris Stevens, is a “sarcastic send-up of sword & sorcery stories about a trio of mercenaries who kill monsters and cause mayhem in their quest for money, fame and adventure.” First published by Image Comics in 2010, it has built a loyal following over the past decade alongside other fantasy series in various mediums.
“We have big plans for these head-cracking heroes!” Copernicus Co-Founder and VP of Creative Murray Bain said in a statement. “There’s so much in the books to work with and we’re pumped to unleash that same excitement and a whole lot more in animation. It’s time to kick some skulls!”
“Over the past few years we’ve seen the popularity of anime and other content for mature audiences increase in North America. Shows like Castlevania, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal, and Rick & Morty are grabbing attention for good reason. It’s a great time to make our mark in this space,” added Copernicus Studios president Paul Rigg.
Though optioned, it may still be many years before Skullkickers comes to the screen. That said, the need for more animated content in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic may shrink the timeline considerably.
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